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Poorly written and terrible finish.
on April 23, 2012
Ok, I had to host our next book club meeting and chose this book. I initially chose The Native Son because we've been going strong for over 11 years and The Native Sun is the name of our book club. We do African American authors only from any genre. We tend to be overly critical on technical issues and highly analytical. Anyway, The Native Son was deemed too much like a HS assignment, so I chose to go ghetto fabulous after reading the majority of reviews and went with Rozalyn.
Technically, it was a tough read. You have to (as an author) understand the difference between to versus too, since versus sense, etc etc... There was too much character confusion Tavon, Taron, Tamar, Toya, Tahj, Tae... On the plus side the book was a quick read, however don't get finished too soon if there is going to be subsequent discussion. It will be dang near impossible to keep everybody straight. On the plus side if it's just pure entertainment and you're not too critical it's ok.
I understood that this book was a prequel before choosing it, but you still have to come to a conclusion which this book didn't. It is obvious that the author chose to continue the story (sequel) mid-steam, thus she introduced a new (important) character without proper character development. I would imagine that the sequel would be equally as entertaining on the surface, but I would have to believe there would be more of the same issues.
As a fellow author, congrats to Shan. Keep on keeping on and do understand that this was only constructive criticism. Most of my review is a result of the book club meeting, however we did send some support your way.